Norberto Santana Jr., Kelly Aviles honored by SPJ-LA

Norberto Santana Jr., publisher of Voice of OC; and Kelly Aviles, attorney and vice president of Californians Aware; received honors March 1 at The Society of Professional Journalists Los Angeles chapter’s 42nd annual awards banquet, Voice of OC reports.

Santana was named a “Distinguished Journalist,” who demonstrates good news judgment, a strong sense of ethics and a passion for getting the story right and has have achieved a record of career accomplishments.

Aviles was honored with SPJ/LA’s Freedom of Information award, which goes to a non-journalist who has helped to promote First Amendment issues. Previous winners have worked in legal, academic, government and nonprofit organizations.

Elsewhere: SPJ Region 11 Conference April 27-28 in Los Angeles